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Sheriff: 1 dead after tornado hits Wisconsin trailer park

Sheriff: 1 dead after tornado hits Wisconsin trailer park

A sofa sits on damaged trees after a tornado ripped through Prairie Lake Estates trailer home park, just north of Chetek, Wis., Tuesday, May 16, 2017.

One person was killed when a tornado swept into a mobile home park in Wisconsin Tuesday and another person died when a twister hit a housing subdivision in Oklahoma, as a massive severe storm system battered an area stretching from the South Plains of Texas to the Great Lakes.

A 46-year-old man was killed at the trailer park and at least 25 other people were injured, according to the Barron County Sheriff's Department.

He had reportedly chose to leave his mobile home to seek shelter right before the tornado hit.

The storm knocked out telephone service. He estimates the park had around 50 homes.

Several tornado warnings were issued as severe thunderstorms moved east across western Wisconsin.

The National Weather Service reported a tornado touchdown in the area just after 5:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Storms barreled through a large swath of the central US and tornadoes reportedly touched down in four other states, including Kansas, Nebraska, Texas and Oklahoma, where another man was killed trying to flee to safety.

Hultquist says the storms have the potential to produce hail and tornadoes from late afternoon into the evening.

As many as 70 homes in Elk City, a town of about 12,000 people around 110 miles (180 km) west of Oklahoma City, were damaged or destroyed by the storm, CBS affiliate KWTV reported, citing officials.

Martin also says several turkey barns in the area were hit hard. There were also many reports of large hail and strong winds.

Gary Schulz, who owns a rental storage business near the Prairie Lake Estate Mobile Home Park, said a twister claimed his business eight years ago but spared it this time around.

In eastern Nebraska, winds damaged homes, farms and businesses and left thousands of people without electricity.

Multiple people were trapped in homes after a tornado touched down south of the city.


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